Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art

Thursday, December 15, 2011, 12:30–1:15 p.m.

Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

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This lecture examines Diego Rivera’s work at the intersection of art making and radical politics in the 1930s. Rivera was the subject of MoMA’s second monographic exhibition (the first was Henri Matisse), which set new attendance records in its five-week run from December 22, 1931, to January 27, 1932. MoMA brought Rivera to New York six weeks before the exhibition’s opening and gave him studio space within the Museum. Working around the clock with two assistants, Rivera produced five “portable murals” that feature bold images drawn from Mexican subject matter and address themes of revolution and class inequity. After the opening, to great publicity, Rivera added three more murals, tackling New York subjects through monumental images of the urban working class and the social stratification of the city during the Great Depression.

Jodi Roberts (PhD, ABD, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University) is a specialist in 20th-century art from Latin America. She is currently a curatorial assistant in MoMA's Department of Painting and Sculpture, and has taught art history courses at NYU and the Pratt Institute.

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